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Bankside Design District returns for London Design Festival

The creative hub of Bankside will come alive from 17-25 September
Nicole Gordon

Bankside Design District is back for 2016 after a successful debut year with an even bigger and better programme of events. Putting south London design on the map, the district runs east to west along the Thames from Borough Market to Oxo Tower Wharf. Typography and lettering is an emerging theme for the vibrant Bankside Design District this year. The programme encourages design lovers to get hands-on with a series of workshops and interactive events.

Bankside Design District Presents…

Type Tasting is pairing up with Laithwaite’s to create a unique wine and type tasting event. Do you judge a wine by its label? Explore how the design of a label influences your tasting experience, plus enjoy a selection of wines chosen by the experts at Laithwaite’s. Don’t miss the Font Selfie machine at ‘What’s Your Type?’, one hour workshops brought to you by Type Tasting. You’ll be taken on a roller coaster ride of experiments, games and demonstrations exploring the personalities of fonts.

As part of Southwark Street’s Avenue of Art, graphic artist Camille Walala will transform a pedestrian crossing in her signature style. Expect an explosion of bright colours and bold shapes, bringing animation to Bankside’s streets.

Better Letters are to host a pop-up Sign School at Borough Market, in keeping with the market’s heritage of hand painted signage. The hand-lettering workshops will be led by ambassador for the sign painting industry Mike Meyers who will be flying over from the United States especially for London Design Festival. Also from Better Letters, Blackboard Art workshops with artist Cheryl McLean.

An installation of living letters, made from greenery including moss, succulents, ferns and caucuses will adorn Hilton London Bankside’s urban garden along Price’s Street, created by young florists All for Love.

Discover the fading remains of hand-painted advertising on walls throughout Bankside. The ghostsigns of Bankside will be brought to life with site-specific light projections by Adobe Creative Resident Craig Winslow. This coincides with the launch of a brand new Ghostsigns app. The self-guided tour will reveal some of London’s most iconic signs, exploring local, advertising and design history.

citizenM Bankside is collaborating with Shakespeare’s Globe to create a secret garden in its atrium as part of its annual series of garden installations for the Festival. Inspired by the words of Shakespeare: “Speak softly if you speak love”, visitors can experience the installation whilst sampling a range of garden-inspired cocktails. As the hub hotel for the Bankside Design District, expect an exciting programme of talks and events at the hotel during the Festival week.

The iconic Oxo Tower Wharf will be hosting a number of creative exhibitions and activities across its gallery spaces, courtyard and design studios. Designersblock are back at the Bargehouse with a showcase of independent designers presenting new work and ideas. Plus, Designersblock present ‘Creative Matters’, a four-day curated programme of talks, workshops, round table discussions and networking events.

Tom Dixon designed hotel, Mondrian London, will unveil a site-specific art installation entitled ‘Diamond Propeller’ for its lobby by award-winning artist Maciej Urbanek. There will be a chance to meet the artist too. In the purple velvet screening room at Mondrian London, learn how to unlock your creativity at a special one-off class from The School of Life.

A number of Bankside’s bars and restaurants will be offering special promotions on drinking and dining on presentation of the London Design Festival guide. Get a flight of three wines for £5 at Bedales, enjoy 20% off food at Hixter Bankside, Union Street Café and new concept Where the Pancakes Are, or head to Terence Conran owned Albion for two-for-one on craft beers and cocktails.

Also on the Bankside to-do list; Moss Architecture revisits an ancient Roman road using photography, film and sound, open studios at Buster + Punch and Alessandro Isola, a ceramics exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts, ‘Dance in Architecture’ exhibition at Allies and Morrison, live large-scale calligraphy by Paul Antonio and a ‘design-your-own-pizza’ workshop with Joseph Joseph and Bread Ahead. See the full programme here.

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Created Aug 30 2016